Nearly 12,000 students from 15 of York County's 16 school districts participated in the first countywide CTC PAYS survey. Students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 participated, and the next survey will be circulated later this year.
The survey serves as a way to measure student attitudes on an array of issues and to use their responses to identify priorities for community action. As a result of the 2009 survey, York County's CTC has decided to focus the community's attention on a couple of areas.
The data assessment workgroup that I served on identifed two factors that put kids at risk for problems and two factors that protect kids from problems:
- Parental attitudes favorable toward anti-social behavior
- Family conflict
- Community opportunities for pro-social involvement
- Community rewards for pro-social involvement
- Attacking someone with intent to harm
- Being drunk or high at school
- Depression and anxiety
Here's a video about ADAP.
You can find the entire action plan and the results of the 2009 York County PAYS survey on our Web site. This is absolutely some of the most important work happening in York County today, and I'd encourage you to take a look at both documents.
- Dan Fink